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Top 10 Simple Ways On How To Use Olive Oil For Ear Infection

Here are simple & natural home remedies with olive oil for an ear infection that help to relieve the pain caused due to the infection immediately.

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Top 10 Simple Ways On How To Use Olive Oil For Ear Infection


Ear infection is an annoying health problem. It reduces the sense of hearing and brings the pain. Even though there are many pain relievers as well as counter antibiotics used for curing this infection, but in long-term, it shows a lot of side effects on the body. Therefore, the natural remedy such as olive oil is the best choice for treating the ear infection without worrying about the side effects. Now, let’s find out many ways on how to use olive oil for ear infection. However, you should read some background information listed below before following the remedies.

What Are the Causes Of Ear Infection?
Generally, an ear infection can result from virus or bacteria that affect in your middle ear area. There are some factors leading to infection of the ear such as Nutritional deficiencies, genetics, internal injuries, wax buildup, environmental pollutants and upper respiratory infections.

Common symptoms of this issue are:

•Poor response to sounds

•Difficulty in sleeping

•Ear pain


•Fluid draining from ear

•Vomiting (usually seen in children)

Why Is Olive Oil Good For Ear Infection?
Olive oil is one of the most amazing natural home remedies that widely used to treat a lot of skin and health problems, including an ear infection. Below are some of the properties of olive oil that can show you how it acts to treat this infection.

Ear wax is known to be the main cause. This wax catches some fungus growth or bacteria which in turn blocks Eustachian tubes. This process results in infection. Olive oil is very helpful in clearing the wax easily to clear the obstruction and thereby infection.

Its anti-inflammatory property declines the irritation both in the inner and outer ear in order to ease the inflammation, pain, and discomfort.

Olive oil cleans up the Eustachian tubes in order to reduce the infection. Besides, it can clear water draining out of the ear canal by preventing the buildup of earwax.

It has strong antiviral and antibacterial properties which can treat the infection caused by bacteria or virus.

It creates a protective layer on the outer ear in order to prevent the attack of bacteria, virus or any other infections from inside of the ear.

Antioxidants and fragile polyphenols protect the cells from damage and control the inflammation.

It boosts the immune system to fight against the bacterial as well as other microbes that cause an ear infection. In addition, it has natural analgesic that can soothe the pain.

Top 10 Simple Ways On How To Use Olive Oil For Ear Infection
Olive oil, either alone or with the other ingredients, can be used for curing the infection in several ways. In order to treat this infection, you have to eliminate its symptoms. Here are 10 best ways of using olive oil remedies.

We have listed many methods using olive oil with easy-following directions. Follow any one of the effective remedies regularly to cure an ear infection.

1. Olive Oil & Garlic
Garlic fuses with olive oil to create an effective solution to treat the ear infection. It also helps to eliminate the bacteria that cause this infection.


•Add 2 tbsp. of virgin olive oil & 1 clove of minced garlic into a saucepan.

•Bring the combination to low heat for about 20 minutes.

•Then, turn off the heat and let the combination steep for few minutes.

•When it is warm, strain it and add some drops into the ear.

•Use a cotton ball to plug the ear, remove it after a few hours.

•Follow the remedy twice times a day until your infection disappears.

Note: In case you cannot heat the ingredients, you can get the same result by adding minced garlic cloves to olive oil and steeping it for 2 to 3 hours.

2. Olive Oil & Apple Cider Vinegar
This vinegar will balance the ear pH level, which makes a harsh environment for virus & bacteria to survive.


•Mix 2 to 3 tbsp. of olive oil with 1 tsp. of apple cider vinegar.

•Put the combination on medium heat for half an hour.

•Turn off the flame and cool down the combination.

•Lie down in a way facing your infected ear upwards

•Pour some drops of the solution into the ear.

•Use a cotton ball to cover the ear.

•Keep it on for about 10 minutes.

•Eliminate the cotton ball and then clean the outer ear with a tissue paper.

•Repeat the remedy 2 – 3 times a day in order to relieve an ear infection.

3. Olive Oil & Onion
Onion contains many antibacterial properties that help to eliminate the bacteria causing the ear infection.


•Add grated onions and olive oil into a small saucepan.

•Heat the combination for some minutes.

•Remove from the heat and steep the combination for 15 minutes.

•Then, strain the combination and add some drops into your infected ear.

•Put a warm compress on your ear for some minutes.

•Follow the application twice times a day.

4. Olive Oil & Mullein

•Mix a tsp. of mullein flowers and 1/2 cup of hot water.

•Stir well and let it cool for some minutes.

•Mix 1 tbsp. of mullein tea with 1 tbsp. of olive oil.

•Let the combination steep overnight.

•Apply a drop of this remedy in your infected ear.

•Follow the remedy regularly in order to relieve an infected ear.

5. Olive Oil & Lavender Oil
This remedy is very effective in curing an ear infection in adults and babies.


•Add 1 tbsp. of olive oil to 5 drops of the lavender oil.

•Lightly warm up the combination.

•For babies: Soak a cotton ball in this solution and rub it around the outer ear.

•For youngsters and adults: Add some drops of the solution into the ear and then cover with a lukewarm compress.

•Follow the application twice times per day.

6. Olive Oil
Warmed olive oil can reduce the pain as well as clear the blockage that is caused by both fluids and excessive earwax.


•Warm up the olive oil. Note: it should not be hot.

•Pour some drops of warmed olive oil into your ear by using an ear dropper.

•Use a cotton ball to plug the ears.

•Massage gently the outer part of your ear or cover with a warm compress.

•Keep it on for a few minutes.

•Take off the cotton ball

•Lie down in a way facing the affected ear downwards.

•After a couple of minutes, use a Q-tip or tissue paper to clean your outer ear.

•Repeat the solution 1- 2 times a day.

7. Olive Oil & Tea Tree Oil
As you may know, tea tree oil contains a lot of antibacterial properties that help to get rid of the ear infection effectively.


•Mix 2 tbsp. of olive oil with 1 tsp. of colloidal silver, 1 tsp. of apple cider vinegar. and 3 drops of the tea tree oil.

•Warm up the combination slightly. (Note: Do not overheat it.)

•Lie down and face the infected ear upwards.

•Pour some drops of this mixture into your infected ear by using an ear dropper.

•Keep it on for about 5 minutes.

•Turn & lay down in a way facing the affected ear downwards. This aids in draining the olive oil out of the ear.

•Use a tissue paper to clean our outer ear.

•Follow the solution 2 to 3 times a day.

Note: You can combine some drops of the tea tree oil with 2 tbsp. of olive oil and then follow the same directions.

8. Olive Oil & Cinnamon
Combining cinnamon with olive oil boosts the effectiveness of the solution.


•Scatter a small pinch of cinnamon powder over 2 tbsp. of olive oil.

•Heat this solution for 1 minute and cool it down to body temperature.

•Now, strain the solution through a fine sieve.

•Add 3 drops of the solution into your infected ear.

•Follow the application twice times a day.

9. Olive Oil & Cloves
Antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties present in cloves can help to relieve an ear infection.


•Grind a few cloves into a powder.

•Mix 1 tbsp. of olive oil with clove powder.

•Heat this mixture for a few minutes. (Note: Remember that it is not too hot).

•Once it is warm, pour some drops of the oil combination in your infected ear.

•Now, cover it with a clean cotton ball and keep it on as long as possible.

•Follow the application 2 to 3 times a day.

10. Olive Oil & Peppermint Oil
In fact, the antibacterial effect which is contained in peppermint oil can cure the infection by killing the bacteria causing the ear infection.


•Mix 5 drops of the olive oil with 1 drop of the peppermint oil.

•Use an ear dropper to pour the mixture in the infected ear.

•Keep it on for few minutes to soothe the pain & infection.


There are some notes you should consider carefully before using olive oil as natural home remedies to treat the ear infection:

•One of the most important things is that if the ear infection doesn’t end after several days, you should visit a doctor. The issue isn’t an ear infection, or it can have become so harsh that remedies aren’t strong enough to treat it. You may need antibiotics or medications to fight it in this case because the ear infection may cause heavy damage to your ear.

•You should use medicinal olive oil if possible. It is different from the olive oil found in your kitchen. The medicinal olive oil is more antiseptic; thus, it achieves a better result than the regular one.

•If you have an allergy to this oil or other ingredients, you should not follow these home remedies. Allergies will overtake the healing effects of olive oil and lead to added problems to your healing. In addition, if your eardrum is ruptured or perforated, you should refrain from using these homemade remedies.

•Always clean your ears after contacting with water such as swimming and showers. This water can have the bacteria that can cause ear infections. In a point of fact, you could apply some drops of olive oil to each ear before going to swim or shower.

•When you warm the olive oil remedies, ensure to bring it to warm temperatures. Do not boil the oil because it can do severe damage to your skin and ears.

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